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Porcelain Bridges

Dental Bridges
Bridges are fixed or non-removable prosthesis that are constructed to replace one or more missing teeth. The teeth on either side of the existing space are used to anchor the bridge to restore functionality as well as aesthetics. We are now able to construct beautiful full porcelain bridges to produce the best results.

The loss of one or more teeth can have a major impact on your dental health and personal appearance. Your teeth support and rely on each other. When a tooth is missing, the remaining teeth can shift out of their normal position. Teeth adjacent to the space or from the opposite jaw may drift or rotate out of position. These teeth may then become more susceptible to decay and gum disease, because they are often more difficult to clean. All of this shifting may also lead to changes in the bite, which may put stress on the jaws, muscles and teeth. Ultimately, your ability to chew comfortably and your appearance may be adversely impacted.

If tooth loss occurs, we may recommend that a bridge be used as a replacement if a dental implant is not an option.  A bridge consists of a one or more replacement teeth attached to crowns on each side. The bridge is cemented to the teeth adjacent to the space, effectively replacing the missing tooth and preventing any shifting.

The procedures involved to make a bridge are very similar to those for making a crown. Bridges can be made from the same materials as crowns -- full porcelain, porcelain fused-to-metal, gold, titanium, zirconia, and all metal. For the most aesthetic result, we usually recommend an all-porcelain bridge. To prepare and seat a bridge, usually at least two appointments are necessary. At the first visit, we will prepare the teeth next to the missing tooth for crowns. An impression of the prepared teeth will be made and a temporary bridge will be placed. At the subsequent visit, we will fit and adjust the bridge and then bond it in place.

Your new bridge will require some special care when brushing and flossing. We will instruct you how to clean around and under the bridge. We may recommend various cleaning aids to help you remove the plaque to prevent further decay and gum disease.